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Important eJournals in library


Popular Music

Journal of Popular Music Studies

Popular Music and Society

Jazz Perspectives

Jazz Research Journal


Rock’s Backpages

An online library of popular music journalism, updated weekly and sourced from freelance contributions to the music and mainstream press from the 1950s to the present day. The articles are full text and fully searchable (by artist, date, genre, keyword etc.) including a sophisticated ‘advanced search’ option.



General Representative Bibliography

  • Theodor Adorno, Writings on Music (ed. Richard Leepart) (2002)
  • Michael T. Bertrand, Race, Rock and Elvis (2000)
  • Jeff Chang, Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop: A History of the Hip Hop Generation (2006)
  • Scott DeVeaux, ‘Constructing the Jazz Tradition: Jazz Historiography’, Black American Literature Forum, 25, 3 (1991)
  • Mark Fisher, Capitalist Realism: Is There No Alternative? (2009)
  • Murray Forman and Mark Anthony Neal, That’s the Joint: The Hip Hop Studies Reader (2004)
  • Steven P. Garabedian, ‘The Blues Image in the White Mind: Blues Historiography and White Romantic Racialism’, Popular Music and Society, 37,4 (2014)
  • Marybeth Hamilton, In Search of the Blues: Black Voices, White Visions (2007)
  • Meta DuEwa Jones, The Muse is Music: Jazz Poetry from the Harlem Renaissance to Spoken Word (New Black Studies Series) (2011)
  • Robin D.G. Kelley, Africa Speaks, America Answers: Modern Jazz in Revolutionary Times (2012)
  • Robin D,G. Kelley, Yo Mama’s Dysfunktional: Fighting the Culture Wars in Urban America (1997)
  • Ingrid Monson, Freedom Sounds; Civil Rights Call out to Jazz and Africa (2007)
  • Allan Moore, ‘Authenticity as authentication’, Popular Music 21, 2 (May 2002)
  • George, Nelson, Hip Hop America (2005)
  • Francis Newton (Eric Hobsbawm), The Jazz Scene (1959)
  • Robert G. O'Meally et al. (eds.), Uptown Conversation: The New Jazz Studies (2004)
  • ‪Tricia Rose, The Hip Hop Wars: What We Talk about when We Talk about Hip Hop--and why it Matters (2008)
  • Suzanne E. Smith, Dancing in the Street: Motown and the Cultural Politics of Detroit (1999)
  • Sherrie Tucker, ‘Deconstructing the Jazz Tradition: The “Subjectless Subject” of the New Jazz Studies’, in David Ake and Charles Hiroshi Garrett (eds) Jazz/Not Jazz: The Music and its Boundaries (2012)
  • Brian Ward, Just My Soul Responding: Rhythm and Blues, Black Consciousness and Race Relations Since 1945 (1997)
  • Craig S. Watkins, Hip Hop Matters: Politics, Popular Culture, and the Struggle for the Soul of a Movement (2005)
  • Craig Werner, A Change is Gonna Come: Music, Race and the Soul of America (1999)
  • Richard Williams, Blue Moment: Miles Davis’ Kind of Blue and the Remaking of Modern Music (2010)

Selected Listening

  • Bessie Smith, Collection (1989) / Robert Johnson, King of the Delta Blues Singers (1994)
  • Elvis Presley, Complete Sun Sessions (1976)
  • Howlin Wolf, London Sessions (1972) / Led Zeppelin II (1969)
  • Louis Armstrong, The Essential Louis Armstrong (1979)
  • Duke Ellington, The Essential Duke Ellington (2010)
  • Charlie Parker, The Charlie Parker Story (1956)
  • Jack Kerouac, The Jack Kerouac Collection (1990)
  • Charles Mingus, Presents Charles Mingus (1961) / John Coltrane, Giant Steps (1960) / Miles Davis, Milestones (1958)
  • James Brown, Live at the Apollo (1963)
  • Diana Ross and the Supremes, Greatest Hits (1967)
  • Sly and the Family Stone, There’s A Riot Goin’ On (1971)
  • A Tribe Called Quest, The Low End Theory (1991)
  • Public Enemy, Fear of a Black Planet (1989)
  • NWA, Straight Outta Compton (1988)
  • Kendrick Lamar, To Pimp a Butterfly (2015) / Kamasi Washington, The Epic (2015)